Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy

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F+W Media, Sep 15, 1995 - Reference - 180 pages
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Memories, sepia-toned faces in frames, scrawled names on scraps of paper, a bit of legend passed along orally: This is your family.

You want to find out more - who they were, what they did, where they came from, how they lived. Guided by "Unpuzzling Your Past," you can.

This is the basic handbook to use when you start your genealogical detective work. Right away, you'll feel the excitement of the search. And chapter by chapter, you'll learn how to conduct it, from talking with people to making discoveries in public records.

"Unpuzzling Your Past" makes the work easier, with interview formats, sample letters, work sheets, multi-generation forms, census extraction forms from 1790 through 1920, a comprehensive resource section, bibliographies and case studies. For this edition, Emily Croom has expanded the chapters on public sources, including censuses, courthouse records, federal government resources and computers in genealogy.

It's all here in the book that helps you fit the pieces together, to understand your family better.

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About the author (1995)

Croom is a popular lecturer for societies and community groups and teaches genealogy at the Houston (Texas) Community College. She holds a masters degree in history, writes articles for several genealogy periodicals, and is an active researcher.

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